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The Association of Retired Conservationists was organized by a group of retirees from the Wisconsin Conservation Department in the 1960's. By the mid-1970's, the WCD had been combined with the Department of Resource Development to form the Department of Natural Resources, and the retirees group had grown significantly, met monthly for lunch and began inviting speakers to address the group on issues of interest to the members. Today, the organization has more than two hundred members.

website contact:

retiredrick@wisarc.org

What's New in 2021?

Member SinceNameYears of ServiceDiv/Bureau
February 21Cindy Hoffland 30Real Estate




Dennis Schenborn, retired from Fisheries after a 34 year career, was our guest speaker at the May meeting.

Dennis gave a very engaging, educational and the human story behind the 1911 Race to the South Pole.

Ater two expeditions to the Antarctic himself, Dennis began his decades long search for answers in hand written expedition journals, first person accounts, contemporary newspaper articles, and hundreds of books about Antarctica, the Amundsen and Scott expeditions, and polar exploration.

He currently seeking a copy editor, agent and/or publisher for his book.

Click here to view a recording of his presentation.



Awve, Curtis 'Curt'
MADISON

Curt Awve, age 67, of Madison, passed away on Friday, April 30, 2021, at Bay Harbor Assisted Living. He was born on Jan. 23, 1954, in Milwaukee, Wis., the son of Vernon and Delores (Adamski) Awve.

Curtis is survived by his wife, Susan; brother, Craig (Nancy) Awve; two nephews, Andrew (Annie) Awve and Mike (Connie) Awve; and two great-nephews, Levi Awve and Asher Awve.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

A funeral service will be held at GUNDERSON EAST FUNERAL AND CREMATION CARE, 5203 Monona Drive, Madison, at 4 p.m. on Monday, May 10, 2021. A visitation will be held from 3 p.m. until the time of the service on Monday. Due to COVID-19 guidelines, social distancing and face masks are required.

Online condolences may be made at www.gundersonfh.com

Gunderson East
Funeral & Cremation Care
5203 Monona Drive
(608) 221-5420








Tim Eisele was a guest speaker at the April ARC meeting. He works as a freelance outdoor writer and photographer and worked for the DNR in Madison from 1971 to 1976 and in Eau Claire from 1976 to 1978. He presented a very entertaining and informatiove discussion of his trail to becoming an outdoor writer, including encounters with many our retired DNR staff.

Click here to view a recording of his presentation.



Carpenter, Terry
WAUTOMA

Terry D. Carpenter, age 75, of Wautoma, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly, Tuesday morning, March 30, 2021 at his home.

He was born November 27, 1945 in Burlington, Wisconsin the son of Lawrence and Arlene (Rockow) Carpenter. On September 7, 1966 he married Marilyn L. Fedran in Wautoma and later raised four wonderful daughters, Brenda, Lisa, Teena and Heather.

Terry was a graduate of Wautoma High School. He later served his country in the United States Navy from 1965 until his honorable discharge in 1971. Terry began working for the Department of Natural Resources as a fish technician until his retirement in 2003. Terry will be remembered for his quiet and humble personality, dedication to family and friends and enjoyment of the outdoors. His greatest love was his family.

He is survived by his wife, Marilyn L. Carpenter, Wautoma; his loving daughters, Brenda (Craig) Ramczyk, Wild Rose, Lisa (Joe) Niebauer, Greenville, Teena (Chad) Krause, Almond, Heather (Rob) Lichtenberg, Minocqua; his grandchildren, Chyan, Cierra, Cole, Evan, Henry, and Owen; his siblings, Judy Caswell and Buzz Carpenter ; further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and many special friends.

To honor Terry’s wishes a private family service will be held. Stahl Funeral Services are assisting the family with arrangements, www.stahlfuneralhome.com

Our family would like to say a special thank you to the wonderful people who assisted us in our time of need: Jeff Stahl, E. Kreczner, B. Wenzel, Z. Gunderson, K. Koch, and of course Thor.

www.stahlfuneralhome.com





Fernholz, Willis B. 'Willie'
LACROSSE

Willis B. Fernholz of Onalaska went to eternal life on March 20, 2021.

He was born in Arcadia, WI to Bernard and Clotilda “Sally” (Haines) Fernholz on March 22, 1931. He graduated from Arcadia High School and went on to Winona State University, earning a degree as a biologist. He married Charlotte Jane Schaffner on October 22, 1955.

Willie worked for the Wisconsin DNR for 35 years, earning the Upper Mississippi River Conservation Committee Award for his achievements in preserving the river. He was instrumental in purchasing land through the DNR, preserving it for public use. Willie proudly served our country in the U.S. Army and the Wisconsin National Guard for over 40 years, retiring as a Command Sergeant Major. Willie took much pride in his children, teaching them to hunt, fish, camp, canning vegetables from his garden and making his own venison sausage.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Charlotte; son, Harley; and his siblings, Cleon "Choker" Fernholz and Carol Zepp. Survivors include his three daughters, Valerie (Joel) Behrens, Wanda (Ken) Thorson and Kate (Mark) Squier; four grandchildren, Brandon (Jodi) Behrens, Breanna (Scott) Martin, Libby (Erik Kahl) Thorson and Ben (Ashley) Squier. He is further survived by six great grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, April 23rd, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 1031 Main St., in Onalaska, with visitation beginning at 9:30 a.m. Msgr. Steve Kachel will officiate. Burial, with military honors, will follow at the Onalaska City Cemetery. Guests are asked to where a mask or facial covering and to be mindful of social distancing guidelines while in attendance. Due to Covid restrictions, there will be no luncheon served.

Schumacher-Kish Funeral and Cremation Services
200 West Avenue South
La Crosse, Wisconsin 54601
(608) 782-1252






Spangberg, John Edman
MARENGO

John Edman Spangberg, age 71, of Marengo, WI passed away unexpectedly on March 9, 2021 while collecting maple sap at his cabin in Drummond. He was born October 25, 1949, the son of James and Marjorie (Gerjets) Spangberg. He grew up in Siren, Hayward, and Ladysmith Wisconsin. From a young age, John loved hunting, fishing, and being in the woods.

John graduated from UW-Eau Claire. He went on to spend his professional career protecting the environment. John worked for state, county, and tribal government. He worked for the Oneida Tribe for ten years during the 1980s when tribal natural resource departments were being organized. Then he joined the WI Department of Natural Resources, serving in Spooner, Cumberland, and Ashland until his retirement in 2012. He was dedicated to protecting habitat and clean water for the benefit of all people.

John was immensely proud of his son Codey James May, U.S. Air Force, currently serving in Korea, who is carrying on the family tradition of military service.

In 1996, John married the love of his life, Nancy Jean Larson, in Spooner. They shared their outdoor interests and outlook on life. While in Spooner, they were involved in the Kinship program and developed deep relationships with their Kinship kids that continue to this day. In 2003, John and Nancy moved to their farm in Marengo.

John and good friends Dennis and June Johnson, built the cozy Spangberg cabin on the family land in Drummond with their own hands, using lumber from the woods. There, John enjoyed deer season, maple syrup season, and many gatherings with family and friends around the campfire. John was very funny and entertaining with his endless puns, plays on words, and booming voice. John also helped Nancy with her horses, calling himself the “unstable boy.” John was dedicated to Nancy and the rest of the family, helping take care of his mother at her home in Ladysmith until she moved permanently to Texas in 2019. John was also an avid golfer and loved sports. John’s goal was to hunt, gather, and grow as much of the family’s food as possible. John read widely, especially about history, and he loved his dogs.

John served on the Marengo Town Board after the flood of 2016, working with FEMA and other agencies on the response.

John is survived by his loving wife Nancy Larson of Marengo; son Codey May, USAF Korea; mother Marjorie Spangberg of Dallas TX; sister Donna (Edward) Mullenix of Dallas TX; brother James (Anne Marie Crawley) Spangberg of Bradenton FL; nieces and nephews: Daryl Anderson, Matt Anderson, Amanda MacNeven, Megan DeRaleau, Ben Pearce, Zachary Pearce; and his special dog TwerpE.

John was preceded in death by his father James Spangberg, and his sister and brother-in-law Joyce and Dale Zimmer.

A celebration of life will be held this summer in Drummond. Memorials may be made to a land trust or environmental organization of your choice.

The Roberts Funeral Home in Ashland is assisting the family with arrangements.

bratleyfamilyfuneralhomes.com






Vande Hei, Gerald L. "Jerry"
SUN PRAIRIE

Gerald L. "Jerry" Vande Hei, 88, of Sun Prairie, peacefully passed away at Agrace Hospice, Fitchburg, on March 10, 2021, surrounded by his children. He was born March 6, 1933, in DePere, Wis., the son of Martin and Mae (Secor) Vande Hei. Jerry's childhood was spent enjoying the outdoors and hunting with his dad, Martin, and best friend, Jim Doyle. Jerry graduated Abbot Pennings High School in 1951. He started his collegiate career at St. Norbert College, where he studied for two years before enlisting in the U.S. Army. Jerry served two years as a corporal stationed in Dongducheon, Korea. He then returned home and attended Michigan Tech University where he graduated from their School of Forestry in 1958. Jerry was also inducted into MTU's Environmental Science Alumni Honor Academy in 1995.

Jerry married Patricia A. Simonar on Oct. 11, 1958, at St John's Cathedral in Green Bay. They were blessed with four children, Todd, Ann, Tim and Nick. They lived throughout Wisconsin due to Jerry's career with the State of Wisconsin Forestry, including Gordon, Black River Falls, Shawano, and finally settling in Sun Prairie in 1973. Jerry retired in 1995 as the Chief of the Forest Management Division of the State of Wisconsin DNR.

Jerry was an avid sportsman, enjoying hunting and fishing. He loved to spend as much time as he could at his cherished cabin, "Van's Camp," up north in Phillips. He shared his love for the outdoors with his kids and grandchildren, and they created many memories together as a family. One of Jerry's proudest moments was the black bear he harvested by the cabin. Jerry also had many memorable trips fishing in Canada, as well as pheasant hunting in South Dakota.

Jerry was a member of Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary in Sun Prairie, Wis., always attending Mass with his wife, Patty.

Jerry is survived by his loving wife of over 62 years, Patricia; and his children, Todd (Laura) Vande Hei, Ann (Rob) McIntyre and Nick (Julie) Vande Hei. He is also survived by his nine grandchildren, Jenny Hembree, Steven and Olivia Vande Hei, Andrew, Molly and Abby McIntyre, Tillie, Mary and Ray Vande Hei; and great-grandsons, Levi, Jameson and Lukas Hembree. He is further survived by his sisters, Doris Scholtz and Jean Bourgeois; and many nieces and nephews.

Jerry was preceded in death by his son, Tim Vande Hei, on April 10, 2020; his parents; his brothers-in-law, Tom Schoultz and Grant Bourgeois; and his best friend, Jim Doyle.

Jerry was a loving husband, father and grandpa. He was the kind of person that offered sound advice, always encouraged and loved his family with his whole heart. He would call each of his kids every week to "check in" and make sure everyone was safe. He was centered by his strong Catholic faith and love for his country. He will be deeply missed and cherished by his family. In lieu of flowers, a memorial may be made to Agrace Hospice, agrace.org/donate or 5395 E. Cheryl Parkway, Madison, WI 53711.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held at SACRED HEARTS OF JESUS AND MARY CATHOLIC CHURCH, 227 Columbus St., Sun Prairie, on Wednesday, March 17 at 11 a.m. Father Thomas Kelley will preside. Visitation will be at 9:30 a.m. until the time of Mass on Wednesday at the church. Burial will be at Sacred Hearts Cemetery.

Tuschen-Newcomer Funeral Home
Sun Prairie, WI (608) 837-5400
www.newcomerfh.com






A Request from Chuck Pils


"I have been searching To Tell The Truth (TV websites) for a link to the program Warren was on.

I have located the Episode # (Episode 1864)- Warren Churchill. Man who had the lowest body temperature in history.

But I cannot find the link to that show!! I have e-mailed To Tell The Truth people, but have received no response.

Can any of our DNR retirees help me?"

Thanks,
Chuck Pils


The Coldest Man Alive

During the 70’s I was a DNR wildlife researcher stationed at the Nevin Fish Hatchery, just south of Madison. The old office barracks building that I shared offices with other DNR employees also quartered a small, white-bearded aquatic biologist named Warren Churchill. Warren was an extremely high-strung guy, who made several trips daily to draw his many cups (2 cents per cup) of coffee from a large pot. In order to keep track of everyone’s consumption totals, we all agreed to put a mark next to a long list of drinkers next to the coffee pot. One day I noticed that Warren had consumed 22 cups of Joe!

In early April, Warren made the unfortunate choice of going along with 2 other men to net fish from Lake Wingra, a 336-acre lake close to the hatchery.

What happened next was described by Wisconsin State Journal reporter Doug Moe:

“ On April 5, 1973, a boat containing three Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources marine biologists overturned while they were inspecting fish nets in Lake Wingra. Gusts of cold wind caused waves that swamped the boat.

It was 3:15 in the afternoon. The water temperature was 41 degrees. The two younger men clung to the boat while helping their older colleague, Warren Churchill, 57, stay afloat. Somehow, they weren’t spotted for more than an hour. Two women walking in Vilas Park called police, who logged the call at 4:39, dispatched a police boat, and alerted paramedics.

Lindauer and his fire rescue colleague, Ralph Chamberlain, responded to the Knickerbocker Street boathouse. The police boat had just landed. One of the scientists, Churchill, was in especially bad shape.

“They thought he was gone,” Lindauer told me. “He had no vitals.”

Churchill was covered with blankets. Lindauer took a small mirror and placed it under Churchill’s nose. “He was fogging it,” Lindauer said. “It was faint, but it was there.” They administered oxygen and transported him to University Hospital, arriving just after 5 p.m.

A nurse took Churchill’s temperature and gasped. The thermometer registered 65 degrees. Survival with a body temperature below 70 is extremely rare, and in the next hour, Chamberlain’s temperature slipped to 61.

“Believe me, he was cold,” Lindauer told Reader’s Digest. “Just holding him sent a chill through me.”

Dr. Marvin Birnbaum led the medical team that managed to raise Churchill’s temperature and pull him through. Churchill’s wife sent a letter that appeared in the State Journal 10 days later, thanking everyone involved in the rescue by name and noting that the day after the rescue, her husband turned 58 . “

Reporter Moe did not state that Warren was unconscious when he arrived at the hospital. His heart was kick-started by an injection of Curare, a south American drug used as a stimulant by indigenous people. This did the trick; Warren was awakened.

The final upshot to Churchill’s ordeal was that he was invited to appear as a contestant on the old, “To Tell The Truth” TV program. The object of this TV show was to have 3 contestants appearing before a panel of 5 celebrities. If the panel failed to guess the identity of the contestant who was telling the truth, he or she would win a cash prize.

Each of the 2 robust-looking younger contestants claimed (in this case) to be the coldest man alive. Warren was the smallest and oldest-looking participant. The panel guessed that the other 2 men were telling the truth.

Warren was telling the truth and won the prize!









Morey, Dale Paul
POYNETTE

Dale Paul Morey, age 86, passed away peacefully at his home in Dekorra Township on Sunday, March 7, 2021.

Dale was born on May 24, 1934, in Spooner, Wisconsin, the son of Dane and Frances (Schnagel) Morey. He was first employed in Shell Lake as Under Sheriff of Washburn County which was a ground-breaking experience in the field of Law enforcement that continued through his career. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Dale met the love of his life, Mary Conley, at Whispering Pines Resort near Minong, WI, where they worked together and formed a life-long bond. They were married on June 5, 1959, and were fortunate to raise five wonderful children.

He tried his hand in the newspaper business. While he was the Editor for the Turtle Lake Times, he was offered a position as the Wisconsin State Conservation Warden. In 1964, he was stationed as a Field Warden in Appleton. In 1972, Dale and the family moved to Black Earth after he was promoted to the position of State Boating Law Administrator in the Department of Natural Resources where he was employed for 18 years. He had the opportunity to be in on the ground floor of the development and advancement of the State and National Boating Safety Program.

Dale retired from the State in 1990 and launched a consulting career that was an offshoot of his State career. During retirement, Dale developed and taught boating accident investigation for 11 years in every State in the Union and was an active boat accident consultant in boating accident litigations. Dale enjoyed downhill skiing, tennis, bowling, hunting, fishing and traveling, as well as gardening, landscaping and spending time with his children, grandchildren and black labs.

He is survived by his five children, Dana (David) Sanft, Debbie (Steve) Marx, Dawn (Paul) Fassbender, Paula (James) Whitaker, Dane (Tammy) Morey; 11 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. He is further survived by many loving nieces, nephews and dear friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Mary; two brothers, Robert and Ben Morey; and nephew, Bob Morey.

Private services will be held, with Military Honors provided by Portage Area Veterans Honor Guard.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family for donations to be made in Dale’s memory.

Pflanz Mantey Mendrala Funeral Home in Poynette is assisting the family.

www.pmmfh.com








Adrian Wydeven recently particpated in a program presented by the Cable Natural History Museum regarding the recent wolf hunt in Wiscosnin.
. . . go here to watch the video






The Wisconsin Conservation Congress (WCC) and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced the annual Spring Hearings will once again being held online due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Go here to see how you can be involved!




Lubinski, Julia A.
DE PERE

Julia A. Lubinski, age 60 passed away on Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay. She was born on April 16, 1960 in Green Bay, the daughter of the late Jerome and Irene (Foelker) Lubinski. She graduated from Green Bay Southwest High School and furthered her education at UW Oshkosh for business. She started her career for the State of Wisconsin with the Dept. of Natural Resources at Peninsula State Park and later transitioned working for Wisconsin Dept. of Children and Families in Green Bay. Julia enjoyed time spent with family up at Kelly Lake. Julia attended all of Greg and Sue’s family events and was loved as the “Honorary Aunt” by their many nieces and nephews. She loved cheering on her nieces, Rose and Grace, at their different sporting events and dance recitals. Julia enjoyed her family trip to Florida with her nieces to Disney. She was known for traveling out west with friends, South Dakota and California were her most recent. She was very happy to be able to see Rose and Kolten exchange vows last May. Julia was an active participant of book clubs and game nights with friends and family and a member at New Hope United Methodist Church.

Julia is survived by one brother, Greg (Sue) Lubinski of Green Bay, two nieces: Rose (Kolten) VanElzen and Grace Lubinski of Green Bay; step-mother, Bernice Lubinski, step-sisters: Janet Peterson and Beth Peterson; she is further survived by many dear friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother, Paul and infant brother, Brian.

Friends and family may visit on Saturday March 13, 2021 at Newcomer Chapel, 340 S. Monroe Ave, Green Bay from 1:00 pm until 3:00 pm with a service to follow at 3:00 pm with Pastor Rick Haberland. Private entombment will take place at Allouez Catholic Mausoleum.

The family would like to extend a thank you to The New Hope Ladies and Ruth, Melanie, Cindy, Jody, Patsy, Tena, and the countless other friends many of whom we might not have known who helped her during her cancer treatments.

Online condolences may be made at www.newcomergreenbay.com

Newcomer Chapel
340 S. Monroe Ave
Green Bay
(920) 432-4841







Tvedt, Dean Ellis
MOUNT HOREB/VERONA

Dean Ellis Tvedt passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021, at the age of 96, with his family by his side. Dean was born on a farm just west of Mount Horeb on July 13, 1924, to Melvin and Sadie (Luhman) Tvedt. When he was in his teens they moved to another farm in the township of Cross Plains.

Dean attended Mount Horeb High School where he acquired a lifelong passion for photography after signing up for a camera club. Garfoot Creek flowed through the Tvedt farm property. A joint fish-hatching project with some neighbors and the local conservation warden (Andrew Sampson - a frequent fisherman on the creek) sparked another lifelong interest: conservation. Dean took pictures, wrote articles and did copy-pasting for Commonwealth Telephone Company of Wisconsin in Madison. He was drafted and served in Japan with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers where he also did photography. Upon his return he successfully combined his two interests when he was hired by the Wisconsin Conservation Department (now DNR), where he worked in their Bureau of Information & Education, Photo Section. There he started shooting movies and moved on to television where he coproduced “Wisconsin Outdoors” with Wilbur Stites and Staber Reese. He also worked with a crew for a Walt Disney film entitled “Flash, the Teenage Otter.” Dean spent the rest of his career with the Conservation Department and the DNR, retiring in 1987. His films and especially his photos are used to this day in publications, calendars, articles and the like.

Dean was married to Lois Jacqueline (Mueller) Tvedt for 69 loving years. They spent many wonderful summers at their second home in Sister Bay, Door County. He is survived by Lois; two sons, Richard (Kathleen McCool) of Madison and Roly of Verona; seven grandchildren, Ryan, Teighlor, Baileigh (Kiel Stampfli), Teeghan, Brigham, Eudora and Nina; and one great-granddaughter, Blakelyn. He was preceded in death by his parents, Melvin and Sadie; and by his eldest sons, David and Randy.

The family will hold a private memorial gathering Friday, Feb. 19, 2021, at the Gunderson Camacho Funeral Home in Mount Horeb.

There will be a celebration of Dean’s life held sometime this summer at Mount Horeb United Methodist Church where he worshiped. Any cards may be sent care of Roly Tvedt: 500 S. Main St., Verona, WI 53593. Please, no gifts. Memorials may be made to the Natural Resource Foundation of Wisconsin in memory of Dean Tvedt.

Online condolences may be made at www.gundersonfh.com

Gunderson Camacho Mount Horeb
Funeral & Cremation Care
500 N. Eighth St.
(608) 437-5077






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Wisconsin Retirement System retirees who receive 2020 Form 1099-R from the Department of Employee Trust Funds should note that two form fields (boxes) do not match the 1099-R form published by the Internal Revenue Service. Form 1099-R reports the details of retirees’ 2020 distribution from the WRS.

Specifically, on ETF’s 1099-R form:

box #12, indicating the amount of state tax withheld for 2020, should instead be labeled box #14. The amount of state tax withheld by ETF in 2020 is stated correctly.

box #13, which indicates the Payer’s state number, should instead be labeled box #15. The actual state number is correct.


Retirees should be aware of the mismatched box numbers and may want to inform their tax preparers about this matter. No other action is needed. We apologize for any confusion this may cause.

. . . go here to the ETF site for more information








January Meeting guest speaker Mary Jean Huston notes.


"We suggest that interested WARC members contact the Governor, their Senator and Assembly Representative to request that the Stewardship Program be reauthorized for 10 years at the funding level of $50 Million/year.

There was a question about the urgency and timing to submit comments in support of a strong Stewardship Program. My Nature Conservancy colleagues say the earlier, the better. Governor Evers will present his proposed State Budget in mid-February this year. This starts the biennial budget process. We expect Stewardship reauthorization will be in the Governor's budget. There will be public hearings (not sure how those will be done in Covid era) with opportunities for citizens to testify. The Joint Finance Committee will go through the budget piece by piece, and Stewardship will be considered and discussed then. This process can take months, and needs to be completed in time for the new state fiscal year which begins July 1, 2021.

Following are resources to help you contact Wisconsin's elected leaders to voice your support for reauthorizing the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program. Thank you for your commitment to conservation in our great state!"

--Mary Jean Huston

It was suggested in our discussion that if individuals send personalized messages to the Governor and their senator and representative, that they mention a property they enjoy that has been protected by the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Fund.

Here is a source of information, supplied by Dick Steffes, showing many of the major Stewardship Fund purchases by DNR: DNR Stewardship Purchases

The following link is to a comprehensive atlas created by the DNR last year. In the legend you will see that it delineates DNR lands protected with Stewardship, conservation easements protected with Stewardship, and lands conserved by local government and non-governmental organizations using Stewardship Funds: Public Access Lands

You may use The Nature Conservancy's website to submit a prepared message that will be sent to the Governor, your senator and representative: nature.org/WIStewardshipProgram

Alternatively, to contact Governor Evers, you can fill out a comments section at this website: evers.wi.gov/Pages/Connect

To determine who your State Senator and Assembly Representative are, use this link, and put your address in the search box on the upper right corner. Information on your senator and assembly representative will appear, with their phone numbers and email addresses: maps.legis.wisconsin.gov

You can also call the toll-free legislative hotline at (800) 362-9472.

Go here for more TNC information regarding the program TNC Fact Sheet, Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Fund

Go here for more DNR information regarding the program Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program

In additon to the above recommended actions, ARC members on the January teleconference voted to send Governor Evers a letter endorsing renewal of funding for the program.

Below is the letter Laurel developed.






January Meeting guest speaker Mary Jean Huston notes.


"We suggest that interested WARC members contact the Governor, their Senator and Assembly Representative to request that the Stewardship Program be reauthorized for 10 years at the funding level of $50 Million/year.

There was a question about the urgency and timing to submit comments in support of a strong Stewardship Program. My Nature Conservancy colleagues say the earlier, the better. Governor Evers will present his proposed State Budget in mid-February this year. This starts the biennial budget process. We expect Stewardship reauthorization will be in the Governor's budget. There will be public hearings (not sure how those will be done in Covid era) with opportunities for citizens to testify. The Joint Finance Committee will go through the budget piece by piece, and Stewardship will be considered and discussed then. This process can take months, and needs to be completed in time for the new state fiscal year which begins July 1, 2021.

Following are resources to help you contact Wisconsin's elected leaders to voice your support for reauthorizing the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program. Thank you for your commitment to conservation in our great state!"

--Mary Jean Huston

It was suggested in our discussion that if individuals send personalized messages to the Governor and their senator and representative, that they mention a property they enjoy that has been protected by the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Fund.

Here is a source of information, supplied by Dick Steffes, showing many of the major Stewardship Fund purchases by DNR: DNR Stewardship Purchases

The following link is to a comprehensive atlas created by the DNR last year. In the legend you will see that it delineates DNR lands protected with Stewardship, conservation easements protected with Stewardship, and lands conserved by local government and non-governmental organizations using Stewardship Funds: Public Access Lands

You may use The Nature Conservancy's website to submit a prepared message that will be sent to the Governor, your senator and representative: nature.org/WIStewardshipProgram

Alternatively, to contact Governor Evers, you can fill out a comments section at this website: evers.wi.gov/Pages/Connect

To determine who your State Senator and Assembly Representative are, use this link, and put your address in the search box on the upper right corner. Information on your senator and assembly representative will appear, with their phone numbers and email addresses: maps.legis.wisconsin.gov

You can also call the toll-free legislative hotline at (800) 362-9472.

Go here for more TNC information regarding the program TNC Fact Sheet, Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Fund

Go here for more DNR information regarding the program Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program

In additon to the above recommended actions, ARC members on the January teleconference voted to send Governor Evers a letter endorsing renewal of funding for the program.

Below is the letter Laurel developed.




RE: Urging full reauthorization of the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program

Dear Governor Evers:

I am writing on behalf of the Wisconsin Association of Retired Conservationists (WARC) to urge you to support fully reauthorizing the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program. At its January 13, 2021 on-line meeting, members voted unanimously to endorse and support reauthorizing the Stewardship Program for 10 years at the funding level of $50 million per year.

We feel it is critical that we voice our support now so that reauthorization can be included in your proposed state budget next month. We also plan to voice our support to members of the Joint Finance Committee.

The value of Stewardship is unquestionable. State recreational lands like Waukesha County’s Rainbow Springs, the Lower Wisconsin Riverway, Polk County’s Straight Lake Wildlife Area and Park, Oneida and Vilas county’s Rainbow Flowage, the Peshtigo River State Forest, Governor Tommy Thompson’s “Great Addition” in Vilas, Oneida, Lincoln and Iron counties, the Dells of Wisconsin State Natural Area, the Turtle-Flambeau Flowage in Iron County, and countless more riverways, boat launches, local parks, wildlife and natural areas and state park lands were ALL made possible by Stewardship and are the cornerstone of Wisconsin’s great tourism industry. Forest Legacy easements funded by Stewardship have opened more than 250,000 acres of forestlands to public recreation while keeping them in production to fuel Wisconsin’s thriving forest industry. Stewardship lands and easements offer groundwater and flood protection and assure clean state waters by preserving forests, wetlands and grasslands that filter out pollutants. Protecting Wisconsin’s clean water for the future will undoubtedly give the state the competitive edge among states in the future. And Stewardship grants and partnerships with county and local governments have made recreational opportunities available close to home for people all across our state. Data indicate parks and lands have seen increasing public use as people deal with social distancing and recreating during Covid-19.

Every outdoor activity in our state – snowmobiling, ATVing and hiking (through Stewardship’s rails to trails efforts), camping, fishing, hunting, and just plain getting out to experience the natural world – has benefitted from Stewardship. The public is loving to death the recreational properties available to them now with places like Devil’s Lake State Park struggling to keep up with heavy use, and demand for outdoor recreation opportunities will only continue to grow. Each year, 2.9 million people participate in hunting, fishing and wildlife watching in Wisconsin, contributing $3.9 billion to the state economy.

Stewardship is a forward-looking program that can assure the rich recreational opportunities for which Wisconsin is famous can keep up with the needs of future generations. Most people cannot afford recreational land, and as Wisconsin becomes more and more urbanized, we can expect available land prices to only increase.

Now in our 60th year, the Wisconsin Association of Retired Conservationists is an organization of retirees from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, the U.S. Forest Service, and the U.S Soil Conservation Service. Our goal is to support programs and objectives which are beneficial to sound management of our state’s natural resources.

For 30 years, the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Fund has been successful at preserving lands and at leveraging federal and private funds to protect our lakes and streams, secure critical wildlife habitat, grow strong forests and provide world class recreation opportunities. It is the mechanism by which our state has been able to preserve fragile remnants of wild Wisconsin, grow healthy wildlife and fish populations and enhance the quality of life of our citizens now and in the future.

Our more than 260 WARC members ask you to make sure the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program is a priority in the state budget, and that it is reauthorized for 10 years starting in 2022 at $50 million per year. Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,

Laurel F. Steffes, President
Wisconsin Association of Retired Conservationists



From: Williams, TR
Date: February 11, 2021
Subject: Urging full authorization of the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program

Greetings President Steffes,

I hope this message finds you and your family safe, healthy, and well.

My name is T.R. Williams and I serve as the Deputy Director of External Affairs in the Office of Governor Evers.

My sincerest apologies for the delay in a formal response to your letter dated January 17, 2021 on behalf of the Wisconsin Association of Retired Conservationists (WARC).

I am writing to confirm that our office successfully received your letter regarding the reauthorization of Wisconsin’s Knowles- Nelson Stewardship Program for 10 more years at $50 million per year.

Your concerns are important and have been heard. I have shared your letter and the information included in your letter with the appropriate people on our team.

Thank you for your leadership, your service, and your advocacy on behalf of Wisconsinites.

Sincerely,

T.R.Williams, J.D
Deputy Director of External Affairs
Office of Governor Tony Evers





Paske, Phillip A. 'Phil'
PEMBINE

Phillip Paske, age 92, of Pembine, passed away at home on Tuesday January 12, 2021. He was born in Portage, WI on October 4, 1928; son of the late Albert and Lucille (Koppe) Paske. Phil graduated from Portage High School in 1946. He honorably served his country in the Army from 1950 until 1952. Phil started working as a DNR Officer in Portage area before moving to Pembine in 1957, where he met the love of his life, the former Clara Joyce Stevens. The couple was united in marriage on December 7, 1958.

In 1970 the couple moved to Wautoma and then in 1974 to Tomahawk for the next 20 years before retiring back in Pembine. Although they never had their own children, they had many foster children that they cared for. Phil enjoyed sturgeon fishing, loved gardening, deer hunting and bee keeping. He was a charter member of the local Rescue Squad and Fire Department and was a Board member of Grace Lutheran Church and taught Sunday School as well.

Phil is survived by his loving wife of 62 years Joyce; four nephews and a niece: David (Nancy) Paske, John Paske, Julie (Edward) Collins, Jeff (Debra Melvin) Emery, and Joel (Beth Siebers) Emery; great niece, Layne (Jim) Locke; brother, Milton Paske; and special daughter, Randee (Jordan) Cottam. He was preceded in death by his sister, Jean Stovall.

Visitation for Phil will be held at Roubal Funeral Home on Monday January 18, 2021 from 10:00 am until time of his service at 11:00 am. with full Military Honors provided by Pembine American Legion Post #461. Rev. Dwaine Sutherland will officiate. Burial will be in Pembine Cemetery this spring.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Grace Lutheran Church in Pembine.

Roubal Funeral Home of Wausaukee is assisting Phillip’s family.

Visitation: Monday Jan 18, 2021, 10:00a.m. until 11:00a.m. at the Roubal Funeral Home

Funeral Service: Monday Jan 18, 2021, 11:00a.m. at the Roubal Funeral Home




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